A years worth of upgrades and testing was finally put to the test on the last weekend in October, when the Formula Vee Nationals was held at Mallala. Our decision to sacrifice racing to free up budget to improve the car seemed to pay off, after I qualified the GAC in 2nd. This meant front row starts for both heats, and pole for the 2nd.
Heat 1 was late on Saturday afternoon and I had a race long dice with Mike Kinsella for 3rd, which I eventually came out on top of, on the last lap. We were happy with a solid result, and 3rd meant good points towards our final starting spot.
In Sunday’s heat, I got a good start and lead the first lap, before Kinsella and I resumed our battle from heat one. Unfortunately, I broke a little deep into turn 3 and ran wide, through a puddle and off into the scenery, dropping back outside the top 12th. I recovered a little to 6th by race end, but that really hurt my starting sport for the final.
Starting 7th for the feature was always going to be tough. I got a good start but the leaders, Ben Porter and winner, Daniel Rienhardt got away early and I was caught in the battle for third with Kinsella, outgoing champ, Daniel Reynolds, Matt Stubbs, David Frith, and Heath Collinson.
When the flag fell I was in 6th, however post race inspections promoted me to 5th with Reynolds’s car deemed to be illegal.
It was a massive effort by our team as always, we are right there with the best in the country now. We plan to do more racing with these guys’ interstate in 2011.